Monday, November 26, 2012

... while I speak some lectures...

here below a beautiful image of my presentation in Turkey last May...

me standing on the right side..(the big image is the Turkish President)

and here few photos of my presentation at the important conference about swine wastewater treatment with treatment wetlands held in Italy and organized by I have made two post about this project. ( fitosuini )

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tree House with treatment wetland!!!

Oh Yes, here in Italy we have a lot of problems... but also good ideas. Take a look at this good realization in north of Italy at the Azienda Agricola OASI di Davide Carlini a Certosa di Pavia (PV) where ArtecAmbiente built this special treatment wetland. This is a rural house (Agriturismo in Italian language) where you can spend your holidays and free time in the countryside... and also taste the good hand made beer produced by the howner (

photo from www.fitodepurazione.blogspot,com

the plant is Horizontal, 20 sq meters, planted ith juncus, typha and the beautiful lythrum salicaria.

Enjoy also the presentation video:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

world wetland 2012 conference IWA

Hallo Wetlanders, I remind you the important upcoming conference in Australia: WETLAND2012


IWA Specialist Group on the Use of Macrophytes in Water Pollution Control 

Hosted and Organised by Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia 
in collaboration with IWA and AWA
25-29 November 2012


Description from the official web site ( ):

The major aim of the Conference is to bring together researchers and professionals to discuss new evelopments and exchange experiences in the field of constructed wetland systems. The Conference will highlight the latest improvements and achievements in the treatment of urban storm water runoff, domestic and municipal wastewaters, agricultural and industrial effluents.

Conference Topics:
Process Dynamics
Management and Control
Case studies
Design criteria
Environmental issues and operation policies
CW Components
Modelling of wetland treatment processes
Systems with enhanced/active aeration
Floating emergent macrophyte wetlands
Suitability of treatment wetlands for developing countries
Removal of pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, surfactants and 
other emerging pollutants
Stormwater and industrial wastewater treatment
Mine water treatment
Combined algal systems
Wetland and waterway restoration
Non point source pollution control
Limitations and lessons to be learn

Monday, November 19, 2012

World Toilet Day - 19 November

Today is World Toilet Day which is closely tied to Millenium Development Goals number 7 that aims to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Around the world, 1.1 billion people defecate in the open, contaminating their environments and water sources and spreading diseases like diarrhoea, which kills 2,000 children under 5 every day. 

I think is the time to do something. 

Me and an italian colleague (Mauro Lajo of www, are working to do that. We are developing two project to promote the safe sanitation and spreading the use of toilets. Contact us if you want be part of the team.

Let' go to build a treatment wetlands, let' go to build a reedbed, let's go to build a constructed wetlands... let's go to do somethings!